On the drive through Rockford Sunday, Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright felt several emotions seeing the area where he grew up.
Cartwright, 58, graduated from the former West High School. Now, after 37 years in the Marines, he is vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, making him the nation’s second-highest ranking military officer.
He returned to his hometown to speak at the dedication of the Tri-County Korean War Memorial.
“Should it be called the forgotten war?” he asked. “I think if you look around today, you know it is not the forgotten war.”
Several hundred people came in military uniforms, church clothes, T-shirts and jeans for Sunday afternoon’s dedication.
Hundreds from Northern Illinois gathered to honor those who fell in service to the Nation.
Photos of the General and the memorial at the link.